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Tom Hardy Talks Following Heath Ledger’s Joker, Bane’s Costume, STAR TREK: NEMESIS and More
Question: I want to ask you a question that you couldn’t answer at Comic-Con
Tom Hardy: I probably still can’t answer it. [Laughs]
Do you have an accent in this movie? What are you doing for the voice?
Hardy: I can’t say anything about him. I really can’t say anything.
What’s it like fighting Christian Bale? ‘Cause he’s the “Fighter” and you’re the “Warrior. ”
Hardy: Oh, yeah. I’ve only just realized! I’m always the last to know these things. I love working with Christian actually. I love working with everybody. I love working with Chris Nolan every time. Everybody in this cast is always lovely, constant professionals. There’s a distinct lack of ego when you work with Chris. It’s wonderful. So everybody plays to that environment which is very intimate and gentle. Does that make sense? So it doesn’t feel like such a big– overwhelmingly big—experience, which it is. I’ve played to a crowd of a thousand people, 1,400 I think. That’sThe National. And then when we did Warrior, there were about 1,500 extras. And I think there’s about 11,000 people out there.
Can you tell us what it’s like to wear the costume?
Hardy: Hot. It’s very, very, very hot. Yeah. We’re all getting very hot. You think about the lads that are out in Afghanistan and Baghdad, and you think about the kit they have to wear, well then it’s actually not that bad, is it? But it is hot. It’s hard to breathe.
Can you talk a little bit about when you first put it on, and working with the costume department to get it right?
Hardy: You just put it on, you know? [Laughs] And then it’s on, and it’s hard to breathe. I can’t hear anyone, and no one can see me speak. So there you go. [Laughs] And the magic begins.
Do you find yourself having to speak bigger with your arms or your eyes, things like that?
Hardy: I can’t talk about magic.
Do you have more respect for Darth Vader now?
Hardy: [Laughs] I grew up with it, the original Star Wars. And Darth Vader is really cool, isn’t he? Really cool.
Well David Prowse had to wear that mask and couldn’t really see.
Hardy: Who wore the mask? It wasn’t the same person as when the first time they take it off?
No that’s a different guy. That’s Sebastian Shaw.
Hardy: He was some old man. Sad.
Were you familiar with the character Bane? Did you go back and read up on him?
Hardy: I had no immediate knowledge of the world of Batman at all. I’m quite incubated. I just keep myself to myself and my dog. He’s not with me anymore. And if something comes in, it’s always a neat experience. So it started when I first got the part.
There is a brilliance to Bane in addition to the physical. Are we going to see that this is a smart guy, equal to Batman in intellect?
Hardy: All I can think of is you’re calling me stupid. [Laughs] I kinda want to flip the table up and throw you through the window. That kinda answers your question doesn’t it?
From the pictures, Bane looks larger than life. But in all of Nolan’s films, he likes to ground it in reality with three-dimensional characters. How does he go about grounding this character Bane in reality?
Hardy: Well, if Nolan always grounds it in reality, then I’d have to follow suit.
The character is kind of a bad guy but a bad guy you like. Are you bringing that to Bane, or does Bane have to be completely bad?
Hardy: He’s a different character. Of course, I’m playing a different character than I’ve ever played before. But you know way too much of this story of me. So I can’t answer that.
Did you have any apprehension for being the guy that would follow Heath Ledger’s Joker?
Hardy: No, I don’t think absolutely. That would be putting myself in a competition with somebody who’s clearly brilliant. And it’s not a question of whose talent is greater or whose work is greater. It’s just trying to be the best that we can be, rather then trying to be better then somebody else. I’m not trying to be better than somebody else. What he did was amazing. That’s that. I’ve got a part I’ve got to play, and I want to play my part.
Can you tell us what fighting style your doing in this movie or any martial arts that you had to learn? Because I know you learned some of the MMA stuff as you prepped for Warrior. Did you learn anything new for Bane?
Hardy: I just watched Peanut over there. I’ve seen him wade through a few places.
Is it “Peter” or “Peanut? ”
Hardy: “Pea-nut. ” He doesn’t look like a peanut, does he?
Can you talk a little bit about other franchises you’ve worked on like Star Trek? Does the experience of adding to large franchises attract you at all?
Hardy: Working on Star Trek really opened me up. I was a very young boy. I think I had only been working nine months when I got Star Trek, and it was huge. It was very overwhelming. So that opened my eyes a bit at an early age, kind of how not be frightened when walking into a responsibility of something like villain in Batman, or a Hobbit, or whatever it is. These characters belong intrinsically to a large group of people who love them. And it’s a huge responsibility to deliver something important to them and to make the effort. So Star Trek was a stepping-stone towards that, this journey. I’m incredibly grateful to be playing the villain in a world which, if I really thought to hard about what I was doing, I would get very nervous about the size and the magnitude of the importance and responsibility of being a villain in the world of Batman.
Can you talk about what you’re filming today?
Hardy: I’m going to talk to 2,000 people. I’m a bit nervous. [laughs] Doing my warm-up!
Feeling ko hindi ito magiging kasingganda ng the dark knight. And Michelle Pfeiffer will always be the BEST Catwoman/Selina Kyle for me, both lookswise and acting wise.
^Ah. So napanood mo na ang TDKR?
naalala ko yung hatred ng fanboys towards the casting of Heath Ledger dati when he was chosen to play Joker.
kinain nila lahat ng sinabi nila once they saw TDK
make sure you have sweet things to say about Hardy and Hathaway, so you wouldn't have problems eating them later
Maiba lang: if Anne blew everyone away with her singing for Les Miserables, surely she'll do awesome here. Can't wait.
The Dark Knight Rises Screenwriter Hints At An Emotional Ending
Only for a movie as hugely anticipated as The Dark Knight Rises can the vaguest bit of information about the ending be considered spoiler-worthy. But just as fans of Harry Potter spent years pondering what J.K. Rowling meant when she said she had already written the last line of the last book, screenwriter David S. Goyer's recent hints about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises-- and the finale of Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman films-- can make your brain spin. From Empire Magazine (as transcribed by Screen Rant), here's what he had to say about how long he and Christopher Nolan have known exactly how their Batman trilogy will end:
"The final scene of The Dark Knight Rises is exactly [the] scene we talked about [when Christopher Nolan and I started the trilogy with Batman Begins]. It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene, I got a complete lump in my throat.”
Alright, so far so good-- these two planned way ahead, and they pulled it off, and we can all consider it a good thing. Now here's where things get a little spoilery, maybe. The Empire interviewer suggested to Goyer that that long-imagined ending might be hugely anti-commercial, given that Nolan and Goyer are wrapping up their time with the Bat and can really leave things wherever they want. Rather than play coy, Goyer went right for it:
"Yup! That’s why it’s ****ing exciting!"
For as long as Nolan's dark universe for Batman has been clear, there's been speculation that he might be willing to kill the hero at the end of his run as director-- after all, what better way to explore the lawlessness and despair of Gotham City than to kill the hero we all rely on? Of course, the studio has already made plans for more Batman movies once Nolan steps away, but if you know comics you know that they can easily kill Batman in the Nolan universe and bring him back, good as new, in another series of films.
But would Nolan actually do it? I still have a hard time believing he'd take joy in killing off the character he's devoted nearly a decade to exploring, regardless of what the studio wants. But maybe that's just wishful thinking from someone who generally wants her superheroes a little less dark. Let us know in the comments what you think Goyer might be referring to, but also embrace the fact that there's absolutely no way we'll know for sure until the movie finally comes to theaters July 20.
Anne Hathaway: 'Pressure of playing Catwoman made me sick'
The Devil Wears Latex – as Anne Hathaway prepares to prowl across our cinema screens as Catwoman in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises.
But the actress — best known for playing Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s assistant Andrea in 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada — says the pressure of playing the feline femme fatale makes her feel sick.
Anne is the first woman villain in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which has featured such memorable baddies as Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow and Heath Ledger’s Joker.
She tells The Sun: “I didn’t realise I was the first — and I feel a little nauseous. That’s a lot of pressure.”
But not as much pressure as she is under to keep the film’s secrets safely locked away until it opens in the UK on July 20.
Notoriously tight-lipped director Christopher insisted that no one be given the opportunity to leak details of the film’s storyline, requiring Anne to come in and read the script on site, without being given a copy to take home and study.
So far we know that the film, whose principal villain is Tom Hardy’s masked Bane, includes such set pieces as a skyjacking, an exploding football field and the sacking of Gotham City by rioters.
Anne says: “I had to read the script in a locked room — OK, maybe the room wasn’t locked, I could be adding that for dramatic effect. But you know what I mean.
“I read it through once really fast and I went back and read over all of my scenes and tried to memorize them as much as I could instantly.
“It was cool. You could call Chris and ask, ‘What is this scene about again?’”
Even when Anne was doing screen tests for the role, she was given only “sides” — the pages of the script where her character appears.
And these were as closely tracked as if Gary Oldman’s Commissioner Gordon were personally supervising their safety.
She says: “When I screen-tested I took the sides home and it was really awkward, because the producer had to hunt me down to get them back so they could be destroyed.”
Even so, the 29-year-old star thinks Christopher’s MI6-level stealth is the right approach. She says: “This should be treated with a certain amount of secrecy, which is great, because I think it is so much more fun to discover it in the movie theatre when there is so much anticipation about the movie.”
Anne is frequently photographed holding hands with her fiancé, little-known actor Adam Shulman, 31.
Her notorious ex-boyfriend, con man Raffaello Follieri, was this month deported from the United States after serving 4½ years in jail in Pennsylvania for wire fraud, conspiracy and money-laundering.
He had falsely posed as the Vatican’s chief financial officer to try to mislead investors.
Anne became one of Hollywood’s hottest new actresses overnight in 2001 when she co-starred with Julie Andrews in the Disney hit The Princess Diaries. Then she went on to don a tiara again in 2004’s Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Ella Enchanted.
But the role she really wanted was always the sexy, slinky Catwoman, previously played by such screen legends as Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.
She says: “The first thing you have to say is, what an honour. And it was funny for me, because I got my big break with The Princess Diaries. And during the Press rounds for that, everyone was asking me, ‘Did you always want to be a princess, growing up?’
“No, not really. The truth was no, I wanted to be Catwoman. And I think a lot of women feel that way. And the fact that I am actually her is such a dream come true.
“So it’s such a pinch-me moment. And the fact that I am Catwoman in Chris Nolan’s Gotham to Christian Bale’s Batman is unbelievably cool. You know, she’s totally independent. And let’s face it, she’s badass.”
Anne had little idea of the physical demands of her Catwoman performance, which will highlight her own kick-boxing and mixed martial arts skills.
She says: “I’d always thought I was pretty healthy and I always thought I had worked hard in the gym.
“It turns out that what I thought was hard, in Catwoman’s world is actually light to moderate.
“So I’ve had to ratchet everything up. But I have the most incredible stuntwoman in the world and she’s got me and the character to another level. I do all sorts of kicks. I do a roundhouse kick, and I think it’s all mixed martial arts. And I’ve been doing it in heels!”
The intense physical demands of the role came with an irritating distraction — Christopher filmed The Dark Knight Rises using special IMAX cameras which produce images of extraordinary clarity and vividness.
But unlike ordinary cameras, the IMAX versions are not quiet.
Anne says: “I did notice the noise because it sounds like a cappuccino being made constantly. But for the fight sequences I actually love it because it keeps you out of your head and it adds to the adrenalin, somehow. But I assume that our sound guy who just won an Oscar knows what he’s doing.”
Anne, who was a 2009 Oscar nominee for Rachel Getting Married, will be in cinemas again at Christmas, this time directed by The King’s Speech Oscar-winner Tom Hooper in the big-screen version of West End show Les Miserables.
But for now she promises her latest creation will bring lots of surprises when The Dark Knight Rises finally arrives on screen next month.
She says: “I love how sly she is. I love how, to use a cat metaphor, she walks the fence and you don’t know which side she’s going to come down on.”
Although I know Anne would be great as Catwoman, my sentimental favorite is still Michelle Pfeiffer.
Her Catwoman is a melange of conflicts and turmoils. It is all in her eyes.
And her "Honey, I'm home. Oh I forgot I'm not married yet." line cut straight into my heart. ;-)